Author Archives: libby

All in all, it’s just another cake in the wall: Golden syrup and ginger cake

I loathe school cake stalls with a passion. It’s not the baking per se. Baking is not my number one talent but I do have the ability to throw sugar, flour and eggs together in some configuration that will vaguely … Continue reading

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Solstice: Saffron Chocolates

The winter solstice passed on the weekend. It passed here in Apollo Bay to perfect weather, cool blue skies and a low sun spinning forth clear light. The moon, a “super moon”, was much closer to the Earth than normal … Continue reading

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Sticking it to the man: Garfish with lemon and nasturtium sauce

Big change is happening in my life at the moment. I have returned to full time work for the first time since my son was born nearly nine years ago now. Nine years. The time it has taken to see … Continue reading

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Date night: beef rendang

Recently a friend asked the following question: what to cook for a man who was invited to dinner. Aforementioned dinner was explicitly pitched as being not-a-date, however my friend was hoping that a not-a-date dinner would provide an opportunity to … Continue reading

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A State of Bliss: Christmas Chocolate Fudge

Notes: gluten free, dairy free, low GI The hardest part of ditching addictions and bad habits is saying goodbye to those you love. In the last year I have bid a slow adieu to a number of passions and pleasures. … Continue reading

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Hello, little cow

Warning: this post is not suitable for vegetarians. Early in the morning one day last week I received a phone call from a certain restauranteur, let’s call him Steve (which would be wholly appropriate because this is in fact his … Continue reading

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Lolly night: 2 chocolately treats that you can pretend are healthy

I’m not so sure I’ve fully entered the spirit of this gluten free / dairy thing. I think I’m meant to be concentrating my efforts on nutritious, healthy food that nourishes and sustains, right? Yet somehow my creative juices are … Continue reading

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Adaptation: Chocolate crepes with coconut ice-cream and fresh strawberries

(gluten free, dairy free recipe) It should by now be obvious to regular readers of this blog that I am a great advocate of eating with awareness. For me this involves commitments to the following principles whenever possible: local, organic, … Continue reading

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The Chinese Standoff: Double cooked pork belly with mandarin infused sauce

Scene 1: A restaurant in Singapore in the bowels of the Paragon Shopping Centre, Orchard Road. High backed wooden chairs, lattice screens, large pottery vases. We have gone out to dinner with my husband’s uncle, an entirely charming and urbane … Continue reading

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So happy together: Orange and cardamom tea cake

My family dispersed across the globe in June. Our diaspora was spearheaded by my husband who, having enrolled in a degree in professional and creative writing last year, found himself surprised with the offer to go on a government funded … Continue reading

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